Features the efforts of Jan Hammer and included the first vocal tracks in such segments as Too Far and Seeds of Life, a sequence themed around planet-colonizing seeds featuring the noted Panspermia by computer graphics artist Karl Sims. The DVD version included both the vocal version of Seeds of Life (sung by Chris Thompson) that blended the animation segment and footage of Hammer and his "band" performing (composed of four Jan Hammers), with an instrumental version of the same track. Beyond the Mind's Eye also features a heavily edited version of the CGI sequences from The Lawnmower Man. The DVD contains 11 segments. The sales of this video were RIAA certified as "Multi-Platinum" and reached as high as #8 on Billboard's video sales chart.
BEYOND is a surreal voyage bridging the gap between reality and imagination. Travel through the inner depths of the human psyche to the outer reaches of the universe. BEYOND explores worlds that may exist in alternate dimensions - or only in the minds of the world's leading computer animators.
Segments: 1. Virtual Reality
2. Seeds of Life
3. Afternoon Adventure
4. Brave New World
6. Too Far
8. Nothing But Love
9. The Pyramid
10. Theatre Of Magic
11. Voyage Home
May 25, 2016
Still great after all these years!
I know it may look dated now, but I remember being a kid, and my dad ended up renting this from one of our local videos stores (VHS version), and being blown away by it!
I still think it holds up pretty well after all these years. It's sadly one of those things that were huge at the time, and sadly faded into obscurity. I got to see this a lot in my lifetime, and I still enjoy it to this day. I got to see this in art class in grade school, and music class, though our music teacher never really touched base that it was Jan hammer who did the music.
I'd say the music is one of my favorite things about this movie, and was composed by the one and only Jan Hammer. A note to people though, the soundtrack that was released is almost entirely different than what you hear in the movie (disregarding the vocal version of Seeds of Life). They don't sound bad by any means, but I thought was kinda stupid since the music is one of the memorable things about the movie, and to change that is weird and seems kinda counter intuitive (unless there was some kind of licensing issue).
Also, the DVD and VHS versions vary slightly. Such as: the DVD version no longer has the Title Cards at the beginning of each video segment, showcasing the names of them, which also so happened to be names of the songs composed by Jan Hammer, and the Credits sequence either goes a bit longer or the Music for starts a bit later on, on the DVD version. The song is slightly a bit longer than the VHS version allowing you to hear the MIDI guitar solo for almost it's entity. These are the only differences I've seen between the two versions, other than the DVD showcasing extra features obviously.
It's a movie I think could be liked by all ages, especially those who grew up in the era that it was released, and respect it for what it once was. My nieces enjoy it and they're the ages of 5, and 3. I never got to see the rest of the Mind's Eye series, and now i know it's on this site, I can now. So, Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye, is next on my list and can't wait to hear the tracks that were composed by Kerry Livgren, founder and former guitarist of legendary rock group Kansas!